Photo of Martijn van Wagtendonk

Martijn van Wagtendonk

Colbert, GA

In the living room of a lovely canal-side home in Northern Holland is the world's oldest functioning planetarium. Eise Eisinga (1744-1828) built this model of the solar system in his home to demonstrate that there was no need to panic about a prediction made in 1774 claiming that the earth was to be thrown out of orbit by a collision. Inspired by the Enlightenment, Eisinga was convinced that knowledge could improve both mankind and society. His display of the order that guides the heavens is still considered accurate, and does not just function as an explanation, but unfolds for the viewer as a beautifully crafted moving work of art, performing on the ceiling in Eisinga’s home. Man's fascination with his world has led to innumerable explanations for why/how the universe as we know it exists. Using philosophy, religion, and science, we seek to understand who we are and why we are here. When I work on my installations I try, in the spirit of Eisinga, to evoke an environment to wonder in.

Martijn's ArtPrize Entries

These are Martijn's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.

  • Photo of Song of Lift

    Song of Lift

    2012 2nd place Martijn van Wagtendonk
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Martijn's Past Work

These are images of past work that Martijn has done.

  • Martijn's past work